(CNN) - As Nevada's bitter and bruising Senate race nears its end, Sen. Harry Reid is hoping that voters look past the rancor and focus squarely on jobs.
A new ad released by Reid's campaign over the weekend combines a series of damning newspaper quotes about his opponent, former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, with a bipartisan line-up of Nevada business leaders to make the case that Angle's positions would make the state's already troubling unemployment problem even worse.
(CNN) - Tim Pawlenty will be a busy man over the next week. The Minnesota governor will travel to eight states over the next seven days, as he campaigns for fellow Republicans running in the November 2 midterm elections.
The outgoing governor and possible 2012 GOP presidential contender kicks off his tour Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas, where he teams up with Gov. Rick Perry, who is facing a competitive challenge from former Houston Mayor Bill White, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee.
Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Ohio Republican gubernatorial nominee John Kasich kicked off a statewide bus tour with his fellow GOP candidates on Monday by unleashing an angry attack on Democrats who, he charged, have run a campaign based on fear, lies and mudslinging.
"In my entire political life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Democrats have done and brought on the people of this state," he told a crowd of Republicans in this Columbus suburb. "Shame on them! Do they have one good positive decent idea in their brain? I don't think so."
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Retiring Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Monday that the upcoming lame duck session of Congress should work together on a handful of key issues to demonstrate a commitment to problem-solving rather than partisan bickering.
"When the public sees their elected officials fighting, they know for sure that their interests are not being heard or cared about," Voinovich told reporters after a rally for Ohio Republicans on Monday. "The most important thing that we can do, even in the lame duck, is to see whether we can't coalesce around a couple of things."
(CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.
Miller? Miller? Miller?
Ben Stein - famous for his role in the '80s movie classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and his political/economic commentary - took to the pages of the Alaska Dispatch to blast Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, calling him a "dangerous, stupid clown."
You know you've made it when ...
"Saturday Night Live" parodies you. The latest person to feel the love is New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, running for the "Rent Is Too Damn High" party. Actor Keenan Thompson gets two gloves up from critics.
Photo of the day: Harry Reid's dance moves
If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fails to win re-election, he may have a backup plan: as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
(CNN) - In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Christine O'Donnell listed both God and Gloria Steinem as sources of inspiration and influence when times get tough on the campaign trail.
(CNN) – Who knew? Cliff Clavin, America's favorite mailman and resident barstool know-it-all on the 1980's show Cheers, apparently has some strong opinions about the Senate race in Connecticut.
The campaign for Linda McMahon, the GOP Senate candidate and, released a Web video featuring John Ratzenberger, the actor who played Cliff, marching in a parade for McMahon and declaring that the former World Wide Wrestling CEO "lives the American Dream."
Washington (CNN) - National Republicans are dropping more cash into California's close contest for the Senate.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it's injecting $3 million in ad spending into California this week on behalf of GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina. They say that brings to nearly $8 million the amount the NRSC has spent on behalf of the former Hewlett-Packard CEO.
The ad buy comes as a Los Angeles Times/USC poll indicated that three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer held a 50 to 42 percent advantage over Fiorina among likely California voters.
(CNN) - "Sloppy and unprofessional."
That's what a top Democrat calls the White House's handling of the situation in Rhode Island – where President Obama declined to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor there, Frank Caprio.
(CNN) – President Obama is making a campaign stop in Rhode Island Monday but he’s not getting a particularly warm welcome from the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Amid news Obama is refraining from endorsing Democrat Frank Caprio during his swing through the state, Caprio told a local radio station Monday that the president can “take his endorsement and really shove it.”
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